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Asia Cup 2016

Scorecard - 1st Match, Bangladesh vs India at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh (24 Feb 2016)


166/6 (20) RR:8.3

India won by 45 runs

MOM: Rohit Sharma

121/7 (20) RR:6.05

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18.2 - Mustafizur Rahman to Pandya, FOUR, has he cleared the rope? Just short! Almost a maximum. Lovely use of the crease. He knows that Mustafizur Rahman is going to angle it across him, so he opens himself up while also going deep in the crease, he carves this with hard hands and it flies over backward point. Pandya moves on to 28 off 11 balls

17.4 - Al-Amin to Pandya, FOUR, he's batting ahead of Dhoni and he's justifying that move. Full toss from Al-Amin, Pandya flicks with a strong bottom hand grip and deep mid-wicket was a mere spectator as it rocketed past him to his right

17.3 - Al-Amin to Pandya, FOUR, this is carved away nicely. Fullish in length from Al-Amin, Pandya slices it hard through cover-point, there was a man in the deep but he had no chance. This is a great cameo from Pandya

16.1 - Mustafizur Rahman to Pandya, FOUR, now that is sliced nicely by Pandya. Good length delivery angled across, Pandya was slightly late on the cut as the ball skidded on, but the timing was good enough to beat third man

16.0 - Mortaza to Rohit, FOUR, wow! Just wow! What timing and what power from Rohit. Mortaza offers a fullish freebie just outside off stump, Rohit backs away slightly and creams the drive hard to the left of extra-cover and he hardly moved after hitting that ball. Knew that it was a certain boundary

15.5 - Mortaza to Rohit, FOUR, it's up in the air again but lands safely at cow corner. Shortish slower delivery, Rohit pulls, the bat turns in his hands as he makes contact with the ball, long-on runs to his right but could get there only after the ball crossed the rope

14.3 - Shakib to Rohit, FOUR, Shakib goes very full, Rohit gets down low and executes the sweep shot to perfection through the vacant square leg region. Timed it so well and split deep backward square leg and deep mid-wicket to perfection

13.2 - Mustafizur Rahman to Yuvraj, FOUR, oh what a shot! Why play those fancy shots when you can do so well with normal stuff? Overpitched outside off stump at about 129kph, Yuvraj off-drives sweetly from the middle of the bat, mid-off dives but fails to stop the ball

11.3 - Mortaza to Rohit, FOUR, fine leg is inside the ring and to bowl a leg-stump line is a sin. Short of a length delivery on the leg stump, Rohit helps it on its way to the left of the man at 45 and picks up another boundary

11.0 - Taskin Ahmed to Rohit, FOUR, oh dear! This is sloppy from Bangladesh! Short of a length delivery outside off stump, Rohit opens the face of the bat at the last moment and guides it to third man. The fielder at third man was probably moved to his right after a four and six to his rigth earlier in the over, this time Rohit places it to his left, he actually covered the ground and got to the ball, but fumbled and let it go through his legs

10.4 - Taskin Ahmed to Rohit, FOUR, Rohit starts to hurt straightaway. This is poor bowling from Taskin Ahmed. Short and wide outside off stump, Rohit just opens the face of the bat and guides it past backward point, the timing was so good and third man no chance

5.5 - Al-Amin to Raina, FOUR, there is that slight movement to the leg-side from Raina to give some room and he cuts this short of length delivery nicely off the back foot and past the man at backward point

5.2 - Al-Amin to Raina, FOUR, in the air and just wide of the fielder. For a moment it looked like the man at short cover had it! Fullish and outside off stump, Raina steps out and tries to drive, gets it on the bottom of the bat, hence no timing and the replay shows that the fielder couldn't get a hand despite a full length dive to his right

2.3 - Taskin Ahmed to Kohli, FOUR, oh almost chopped on! The ball is doing enough for Taskin Ahmed when he tries to bowl the inswingers, but for me, he is not bowling those enough and trying too many variations. Stick to the incoming delivery Taskin! Short of a length delivery outside off stump, Kohli was on the back foot to punch again, but the ball jagged back a long way and almost shaved the sticks. Unlucky for the bowler that a good ball has gone for four

2.0 - Al-Amin to Rohit, FOUR, nicely punched off the back foot and Rohit hardly moved after timing that ball so sweetly. He knew that this was a certain boundary as soon as it passed that diving fielder at cover. Slightly back of a length and outside off stump, Rohit allows the ball to come and then punches with lovely hands to the left of the man at cover. First boundary of the game

20.0 - Al-Amin to Dhoni, SIX, a chance for me to once again say, "Dhoni finishes off in style." Short of a length slower delivery from Al-Amin, sat up nicely for Dhoni, who swivelled and muscled the pull shot way back over the backward square leg boundary

17.0 - Mustafizur Rahman to Pandya, SIX, in the slot and that's muscled. Pandya is known for his big hitting. Pandya waits for the ball to come and plays a wristy slog, the timing was very good and it easily cleared the mid-wicket boundary

16.3 - Mustafizur Rahman to Rohit, SIX, it's up in the air, who wants it? There is a fielder there, Shakib it is again, and he's tipped this over the bar. Short of a length delivery on the stumps, actually a slower ball, but Rohit has such good hands that he managed to time that flick so well despite the lack of pace on the ball, Shakib at deep backward square leg was very close to the rope, in fact, his feet were touching the rope when he attempted that catch and would have been six anyway even if he had caught it

15.4 - Mortaza to Rohit, SIX, in the airrrr, not from the middle of the bat, Shakib runs back and jumps high but it evades him. Slower delivery outside off stump, Rohit steps out and tries to loft hard, went more off the bottom of the bat, yet it had enough legs to clear the fence

10.5 - Taskin Ahmed to Rohit, SIX, this is even shorter in length and this is an excellent shot from Rohit. Short and wide outside off stump, Rohit upper-cuts and deliberately hits it in the air over backward point, sweet timing and it sails all the way. This is turning out to be a great over for India after that dropped catch

19.4 - Al-Amin to Pandya, out Caught by Mahmudullah!! That is the end of a fine cameo from Hardik Pandya. Full and angled in, Pandya tries to loft it over the rope, but doesn't get the distance and holes out to long-on. Pandya punches his glove with the incoming batsman. The good thing for India is that Dhoni has crossed over and he will be on strike for the next ball. Pandya c Mahmudullah b Al-Amin 31(18) [4s-4 6s-1]

19.2 - Al-Amin to Rohit, out Caught by Soumya Sarkar!! Now that is a stunning catch in the deep. Needed some brilliance to remove Rohit Sharma and Soumya Sarkar has taken a blinder. Rohit slowly drags himself off the field after an excellent innings. Al-Amin bangs the slower ball short, Rohit sits back and plays the pull, hits it flat, the man at deep mid-wicket runs to his left, dives low and takes it with both hands. This is a key wicket for Bangladesh at this stage, for Rohit was threatening to go big. Rohit c Soumya Sarkar b Al-Amin 83(55) [4s-7 6s-3]

14.5 - Shakib to Yuvraj, out Caught by Soumya Sarkar!! Out comes the slog-sweep, but it doesn't get the required elevation. Hit it hard, hit it decently, maybe slightly off the bottom of of the bat, but it went quickly and the fielder at deep mid-wicket made no mistake. Flighted delivery on the stumps, Yuvraj gets down on one knee and tries to muscle one out of the ground, unfortunately he couldn't get the placement right. The fielder there moved slightly to his right and swallowed the ball. Yuvraj c Soumya Sarkar b Shakib 15(16) [4s-1]

7.5 - Mahmudullah to Raina, out Bowled!! Look at those scenes in the stands. Raina wears a dejected look on his face as he walks back. On a green pitch, a spinner comes on and the batsman thinks I can attack him straightaway, but that ploy has backfired for Raina. Thankfully he didn't look back, for the middle stump was shattered. Credit to Mahmudullah for shortening the length on seeing Raina advance, the left-hander wasn't to the pitch of the ball, yet wanted to drive, a high-risk shot as you won't be covering the line and the ball easily sneaked through to hit the top of middle stump. Raina b Mahmudullah 13(13) [4s-2]

4.3 - Mortaza to Kohli, out Caught by Mahmudullah!! So how crucial was the dive from the fielder the previous ball to save what was looking like a certain boundary. He not only stopped the boundary, but he also forced Kohli to be on strike for this ball and Bangladesh have the big fish now. Small things do matter in life! Don't they? Nothing but a length delivery from Mortaza, the frustration probably got to Kohli, who was beaten twice in the previous over. He tried to go over the top this time around and totally mistimed it - the ball hit him high on the bat. The man at mid-off settled under it and took it reverse-cup style. Massive blow for India. Kohli c Mahmudullah b Mortaza 8(12) [4s-1]

1.3 - Al-Amin to Dhawan, out Bowled!! Out goes the off stump! Al-Amin roars in delight with all the support from the capacity crowd. What a sight for a fast bowler! Got to move your feet, Shikhar Dhawan, got to move your feet. Good length delivery pitching around middle and off from over the wicket and then nipping back in, Dhawan went for the drive with a big gap between bat pad. His front foot hardly moved and it easily sneaked through the gate to hit the top of off stump. So the captain wins the toss and looks for an early wicket, Al-Amin responds in kind. Dhawan b Al-Amin 2(4)

10.3 - Taskin Ahmed to Rohit, no run, in the airrrr and dropped. Shakib Al Hasan the culprit at backward point. Good to see a smile on Taskin Ahmed's face despite the catch going down. This is full and just tailing away outside off stump, Rohit square-drives the ball really well, he actually hit it very hard and it was too quick for Shakib there. In fact, the replay shows that the ball came at at awkward height for Shakib there. It was slightly to his left and around chest height, because it came quickly at it, he couldn't do it reverse-cup style

14.2 - Shakib to Yuvraj, 1 run, tossed up outside off stump, Yuvraj drives it to sweeper cover and brings up the fifty partnership

14.1 - Shakib to Rohit, 1 run, 10th T20I fifty for Rohit. He steps out and drives this flighted delivery hard but straight to long-off. Just a gentle raise of the bat and his team-mates applaud from the dug-out

17.2 - Ravindra Jadeja to Taskin Ahmed, FOUR, fraction short and just outside off, Taskin takes a step out and punches it through the cover region, no one at sweeper to stop that

16.2 - Nehra to Mahmudullah, FOUR, this time connects with the hoick. The length and line were there and Nehra knew it was not the right delivery, Mahmudullah cleared his front leg and whipped it over backward square, split the two fielders to perfection

16.0 - Ravindra Jadeja to Rahim, FOUR, the reverse sweep is effective this time around. Quicker delivery on off, Rahim connects it well and gets it past the diving backward point fielder. The ball scooted away to the fence

15.4 - Ravindra Jadeja to Rahim, FOUR, full and outside off, Rahim stays on leg-stump, slices it behind square on the off-side, right between backward point and short third man, no one bothered to chase that down

7.1 - Ashwin to S Rahman, FOUR, that is some way to welcome a bowler, Rahman premeditated the reverse sweep, Ashwin makes his job easier by dishing out a full toss, middled it beautifully and it raced away to the deep backward point fence

4.1 - Nehra to S Rahman, FOUR, lovely shot! Rahman picked the bones out of that. Short and Rahman was waiting for it, rocks back and muscles the pull over mid-wicket, couple of bounces and into the fence

3.5 - Bumrah to Kayes, FOUR, a much better option this. Pitched up and in the driving arc, Kayes doesn't bother to move his feet, reaches the ball using his long handle and lofts it over extra cover, no need to run for those as the ball sped away to the fence

1.1 - Bumrah to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR, there he goes. The length and line was in his zone and Sarkar has no half measures. Short and width offered outside off, Sarkar stands on his toes and slaps it over cover, just evaded the leaping fielder. Bumrah thought he was in with a chance, but that was hit hard

19.0 - Bumrah to Taskin Ahmed, SIX, at last one off the middle and one out of the ground. A full toss from Bumrah, Taskin takes his front leg out of the way, gives himself a free swing of the bat and sends it over the long-on fence

11.4 - Ashwin to S Rahman, SIX, fantastic shot! They have started to get a move on. Straightaway holds his right hamstring. Bit of air on this one and Rahman is quick to dance down and carve it over deep mid-wicket, the fielder was a mere spectator

10.3 - Pandya to S Rahman, SIX, well, well, well. So many resemblence to the Indian innings. Rohit was given a life before he started to take on the bowling. Rahman survived one at the start of the over. Is this the turn of events? Rahman was waiting for the ball to be short, pulled it nonchalantly over the deep mid-wicket fence for the first maximum of the innings

16.4 - Nehra to Mortaza, out Caught by Ravindra Jadeja!! Nehra is on a hat-trick. The Indians are a happy lot. You can see with the way Jaddu threw the ball up after taking the catch. The crowd have started to disperse. Fullish and around off, Mortaza goes for the drive, the ball takes the outer half and flies to backward point, Jaddu won't drop those. Took it right in front of his face. Mortaza c Ravindra Jadeja b Nehra 0(1)

16.3 - Nehra to Mahmudullah, out Caught by Rohit!! India inch closer. Mahmudullah perishes trying to keep up with the asking rate. It was a full toss and deserved to be put into the stands, but instead Nehra has a wicket. Mahmudullah got his front leg out of way to get a free swing of the arms, doesn't get it anywhere close to the middle and Rohit was a bit lazy taking the catch. He could have come forward and taken it easily, but prefers to stay back and take a low catch. Mahmudullah c Rohit b Nehra 7(6) [4s-1]

14.1 - Pandya to S Rahman, out Caught by Dhoni!! That might just crush their hopes. Pin drop silence at the ground as the set batsman is sent back. Rahman was struggling with his hamstring. Was never in position to play the pull, the bottom hand comes off the bat handle and the top-edge skies up, Dhoni calls for it, settles under it and pouches it comfortably. India are running away with the game. S Rahman c Dhoni b Pandya 44(32) [4s-2 6s-2]

12.3 - Ravindra Jadeja to Shakib, out Shakib Run Out!! Huge moment in the game. The crowd are stunned. Shakib is livid at his partner. Gives him a mouthful before trudging off. Flatter and close to off, worked away to the left of mid-wicket, he set off and Rahman also took a couple of steps before saying "no", Shakib slipped while turning back and it was all too easy for the Indians. Rohit lobs the ball to Dhoni, who whips the bails off. Shakib run out (Rohit/Dhoni) 3(8)

9.5 - Ashwin to Kayes, out Caught by Yuvraj!! Well, it had to happen. The cuts and nudges were not working for Kayes. So what does he do? Decides to bring out the sweep, Ashwin is a smart operator, dishes out an offie that bounces more than the batsman expected, the top-edge is found and the ball carries to deep backward square, Yuvi runs to his left, reverse-cups it as he goes to ground. Well judged catch that. Kayes c Yuvraj b Ashwin 14(24) [4s-1]

3.2 - Bumrah to Soumya Sarkar, out Caught by Dhoni!! Bumrah gets his first. Bangladesh are struggling against the new ball. Not the start they would have wanted. This one bounced a bit more than the batsman anticipated. It was short of length alright, Sarkar was hanging back to defend, doesn't account for the bounce, the ball brushes the glove and settles neatly in Dhoni's mitts. Soumya Sarkar c Dhoni b Bumrah 11(14) [4s-1]

2.2 - Nehra to Mithun, out Bowled!! Nehra draws first blood for India. This was always on the cards. The runs were not coming freely, the batsman tries to do something out of the ordinary and pays the price. It was a good length delivery that nipped back in slightly, Mithun went for the swipe across the line, missed it completely and the off-stump takes a beating. Nehra is delighted. Pumps his fists in joy. Mithun b Nehra 1(3)